U.N. extends mandate to prevent WMD proliferation

The United Nation announced this week that its Security Council has extended the mandate of the committee that monitors efforts to prevent terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction by 10 years.

Referred to as the 1540 Committee, the council decided to promote full implementation of resolution 1977 (2011), the unanimously adopted resolution that imposes binding obligations on all states to establish controls preventing proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the means of delivery for these weapons.

In order to assist the committee, the council requested that the Secretary-General assemble a group of up to eight experts in the field.

The council encouraged the full implementation of the resolution by all states, calling on them to work together by sharing their experiences and best practices. The council also called on all states that had not yet done so to submit reports on their compliance with the previous resolution, 1540 (2004).

In recommending that all states prepare voluntary national action plans, the council also called upon relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations to designate and provide a point of contact or coordinator for the implementation of the resolution by August 31.

With the mandated extension, the 1540 Committee will be intact until April 25, 2021.